Archive for September 10th, 2010

Nets sign Joe Smith

Nets sign Joe Smith

The New Jersey Nets have signed free agent forward Joe Smith, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today.  Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released.

Smith, 6’10”/225, is a 15-year NBA veteran with career averages of 11.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists over 1,014 games with Golden State, Philadelphia, Minnesota, Detroit, Milwaukee, Denver, Cleveland, Chicago, Oklahoma City and Atlanta.  He has shot .455 (4,322-9,496) from the field and .790 (2,526-3,198) from the line.

The Norfolk, VA native was the first overall selection in the 1995 NBA Draft by Golden State.

The best season of his career came during the 1996-97 campaign with Golden State, when he appeared and started in 80 games and averaged a career-best 18.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 blocks in 38.6 minutes.  In 57 career postseason contests, Smith holds averages of 5.9 points and 4.2 rebounds in 18.7 minutes per game.

Last season in Atlanta, Smith appeared in 64 games, one start, averaging 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 9.3 minutes per contest.

InsideHoops.com says: Joe first entered the NBA in the 1400’s, when the game was played via candlelight, and the United States did not yet exist. He’s a smart, crafty veteran who will help the Nets bench.

Timberwolves waive Greg Stiemsma

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has waived center Greg Stiemsma. The Timberwolves signed Stiemsma as a free agent on April 13, 2010; he did not appear in a game for the Wolves last season.

Stiemsma, 24, played with the NBA D-League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce this past season, averaging 8.8 points (.541 shooting), 7.1 rebounds and a league-leading 3.6 blocks in 45 games (44 starts). In three playoffs games for Sioux Falls, Stiemsma averaged 15.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.3 blocks.

Bucks sign second round pick Tiny Gallon

Bucks sign second round pick Tiny Gallon

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed Tiny Gallon to a contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Gallon (6-9, 290) was the 47th overall selection in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Gallon played one season at the University of Oklahoma where he averaged 10.3 points and 7.9 rebounds while shooting 54.7 percent from the field (122-223). His 7.9 rebounds were eighth in the Big 12 Conference. In five NBA Summer League games with the Bucks, Gallon averaged 6.6 points and 7.4 rebounds in 19.4 minutes per contest.


KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 10: Tiny Gallon #24 of the Oklahoma Sooners shoots a free throw against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the first round game of the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 10, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The New Jersey Nets have named Milton Lee as director of basketball operations, General Manager Billy King announced today.

In his new role, Lee will oversee the Nets statistical and analytical efforts, as well as assist General Manager Billy King and Assistant General Manager Bobby Marks on player personnel matters.

Prior to joining the Nets, Lee started his own basketball services company where he worked in various capacities with the NBA, teams and players. Lee personally worked as a skills coach with several NBA players, including current Net, Troy Murphy.  Previously, Lee served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers summer league team in 2008 and 2009, and has been a consultant to the NBA at the past five Pre-Draft Combines.  Earlier in his career, Lee worked as a proprietary trader on Wall Street for ING Barings and SAC Capital.  Lee interned for the NBA at three consecutive Olympic Games, including 1992, for the original “Dream Team.”

A native of Bergen County, New Jersey, Lee is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of the junior varsity basketball team.

Janis Carr of the Orange County Register reports:

Fiance of Matt Barnes says domestic violence charge is false

The fiancée of Lakers player Matt Barnes said Thursday he has never physically abused her or her family and that the domestic violence charge against him is false.

Laura M. Wright, a publicist who represents both Barnes and Gloria Govan released to The Sacramento Bee a statement on Govan’s behalf Thursday: “Any accusation of domestic violence are false. My fiancé, Matt Barnes, has never physically abused me or my family.”

Barnes said as much Wednesday night, stating he was the “victim.”

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